Standardization of process automation systems helps reduce costs and improve efficiency for an oven and furnace maker.
Although industrial ovens and furnaces operate on a simple concept, it takes considerable engineering and manufacturing expertise - combined with the right automation controls - to optimize the technology and make it viable in a range of applications. It is precisely these capabilities that have helped propel Rochester, N.Y.-based Industrial Furnace Co. (IFCO). The company designs, constructs and upgrades boilers, incinerators, kilns, smelters, multiple hearth furnaces, heat treat furnaces and fluidized bed reactors, but it also offers complete solutions that incorporate electrical, mechanical and process engineering capabilities as well as concept analysis, laboratory testing, field installation, startup and training. Because the company’s technology includes heat processing systems that generate emissions below EPA guidelines, the company’s systems can be used in a range of applications such as tungsten recovery, magnesium production and activated carbon production from coal.
In this age of sustainable manufacturing and production, one furnace application garnering considerable interest is the incineration of bio-solids in wastewater treatment plants. Instead of hauling waste off-site for disposal in a landfill, many treatment plants are using multiple hearth furnaces to convert the cake-like sludge into ash. The ash then is sold to fertilizer or cement manufacturers. In addition, the plant can use heat from the process to generate steam to produce electric power, turning what was previously a financial liability into an asset.
To enable these technological advances, the heat processing equipment maker invested in its design and manufacturing capabilities, establishing engineering teams with specialized mechanical, electrical and integration expertise. Equally important has been the company’s willingness to apply innovative automation and control technology efforts to streamline its engineering, design and startup processes.